(Lipsia, 21 September 1904 – Antibes, 7 December 1989)
After studying philosophy and history of art at the University of Leipzig, he attended the Academies of Fine Arts of Dresden, Leipzig and Munich and traveled (1926-35) throughout Europe.
In 1935 he settled in Paris where he took French citizenship in 1946.
From the beginning of his pictorial activity he embraced the path of the most rigorous abstraction, coming soon to identify solutions to the expressive problem.
His paintings are signed with a t (tableau), followed by the year of production and a serial number.
Hartung won the top prize at the 1960 Venice Biennale and the Grand prix de Beaux Arts in Paris in 1970.